China and Russia Are Cozying Up for This Key Reason

We’ve been closely following the cozy relationship between China and Russia for years.

An important part of that relationship is the two countries’ mutual goal to compete with — and beat out — Western powers.

One way to do that is by creating an entirely different gold market…

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Recent reports show the Red Dragon now holds over 1,842 metric tons of gold.

Although, no one knows exactly how much gold China really has.

You see, China has a history of only reporting its gold reserves every few years. And odd math has raised questions about even these “official gold numbers.”

Many analysts, including Schiff, believe the Chinese actually own more gold than the official numbers indicate.

Creating a Link Between Two Cities

Russia is also increasing its presence in the gold market. Along with China, it has ranked as one of the world’s leading buyers of gold over the last couple of years.

“Sooner or later, we may see more and more countries break away from the dollar collar and join the gold-trading world. In that case, gold prices will soar and shares in well-run gold mining companies will explode upward.”In fact, the Russian central bank officially holds over 1,615 metric tons of the yellow metal, ranking its gold holdings sixth in the world, next to China.

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You see, on a visit to China last year, the deputy head of the Russian Central Bank, Sergey Shvetsov, actually confirmed that the two countries are working in tandem.

“We discussed the question of trade in gold. In China, the gold trade is conducted in Shanghai, in Russia it is in Moscow. Our idea is to create a link between the two cities in order to increase trade between the two markets,” Shvetsov said to TASS Russian News.

Many analysts believe Russia and China are snatching up all this gold because they want to cut their dependence on the U.S. dollar and euro.

“China and other countries do not want to be in a situation where all their international assets are in effect dependent on the U.S… It is extremely reasonable to have assets in your portfolio that are not dependent on the goodwill of other countries,” said former Bank of England Gov. Mervyn King to SchiffGold.

What This All Means for Investors

China and Russia are colluding to shift away from dollar- and euro-based trade and revert back to a true gold standard.

In fact, Daily Reckoning analyst Byron King dubbed it as the new “de-dollarization in trade” to SchiffGold.

“Up to now, there has never been anything approaching a serious challenge to the global supremacy of the dollar – certainly not in global trade. Yet here we are, watching Russia and China set up a proto-trading system based on gold. The daily quote for gold seems not to price in even a hint of this development. Yet it could have world-altering implications as it all unfolds,” he said.

Indeed, if this gold-based trade expands to other large nations, it could cause a rush to safe-haven investments, like the yellow metal, from investors.

But the smart investors – the ones who have been watching this trend as it unfolds – will buy up shares in the gold miners.

“Sooner or later, we may see more and more countries break away from the dollar collar and join the gold-trading world. In that case, gold prices will soar and shares in well-run gold mining companies will explode upward,” said Schiff.

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